Addressing the sanctions put into effect yesterday by the United States, Maduro said:
President Obama, who represents the imperialist elite of the United States, has personally decided to take it upon himself to overthrow my government and to intervene in Venezuela to control her (…) that’s why they’ve taken this step today.
Maduro also said that Chavez had planted a network of spies throughout the world as a “source of protection” during his tenure as president of Venezuela, and that some of the spies operated within the White House. Maduro explained that he received a message from one of the White House spies in December, saying that the United States began planning a war against Venezuela last June.
Maduro Asks for Emergency Powers
Last night, Maduro asked the National Assembly to grant him emergency powers to help preserve the peace in the country. The special powers, which can be granted via a Ley Habilitante [roughly, “Enabling Law’], would give Maduro the power to create laws by decree for a year.
Speaking from the National Assembly last night, Maduro said:
I’m going to ask for an anti-imperialist ley habilitante to prepare ourselves for every scenario [so that we can] be win and triumph in peace.
Using the figure of an external enemy, imperialism, the government is trying to build a more legal aggressive framework.
Venezuelan Diplomat Makes Protester-Killing Joke
Roy Chaderton Matos, the Venezuelan ambassador to the Organization of American States, made an awful joke during Zurda Konducta, a pro-government show which airs on VTV, the state-run television network. The comments were made on last night’s show.
During the show, Chaderton began to talk about how a hypothetical United States bombing campaign against Venezuela would not discriminate between opposition and government supporters.
He then joked about how a sniper’s bullet tearing through a protester’s head would sound hollow, since opposition supporters have no brains.
Roy Chaderton: … bombs are generous in the sense that they affect everyone equally. Firearms serve the same purpose. Snipers aim for the head. But there comes a time when a cabeza escualida [an opposition supporter’s head] can’t be differentiated from a cabeza chavista [a government supporter’s head] – except for its contents. The sound [the bullet] makes in a cabeza escualida is much softer, like a click, because the skull is empty.
Host: It’s devoid of content.
Roy Chaderton: Exactly. So the bullet goes through really quickly. But you only know that after the bullet has gone through.
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